Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #10: Finished cutting for now.

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 03-18-2014 10:57 PM 1391 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: All corners of the top cut out Part 10 of Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post series Part 11: Sand Shading »

I have finally spent the time to finish cutting all the pieces for the boxes except for the green bone for which I am still experimenting. But it seems to come along, so news soon on that matter.

Here is the picture of the top of the box, it shows in green what is left to cut once I am happy with the green.

I finished to cut the central part with the bird and the bone jasmine flowers

And the “staples” scrolls which links the central elements to the outside composition.

And as usual I can not resist to add some close up.

So next, final recipe on dying the bone green. I am using copper sulfate for the blue and tumeric for the yellow, the traditional arsenate for the Paris green being obviously out of the question.

Finishing to build the box, the frisage (parquetry) of the inside, french polish of the inside and glueingthe box.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 11:24 PM

Patrice, why don’t you use naturally green stained wood?

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 11:39 PM

There is very little wood which have a green color and that are not color fast.

But also for that project we aim to recreate a Louis the XIVth style marquetry, and they were dying the wood in green using different materials.

In that particular project we decided to use white and green bone as it was often use in the period and gives to the pieces it was used on a distinctive period look. The green bone really lights up a piece.

Couple examples

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 12:05 AM

Patrice that is some really smooth cutting. Your work is awesome and I can’t wait to see it come together. Those are some awfully tiny pieces!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 04:36 AM

Thanks for giving us something to work towards Patrice.
You and Patrick make all your students better by exposure to your work.
The green bone really does seem to have a luminescence that dyed wood does not. I will be interested to see the results of your experiments.

Such neat little stacks of pieces. Come on, admit it, you re-piled at least some of them. :-)

Beautiful work ….. Thanks

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 12:10 PM

Ohh that’s why some of the pieces look so clear! I was wondering at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs here in Paris why some of the green stained parts were that light. Thanks for the insight Patrice :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 04:40 PM

Thanks guys. I do not know what we exposed you to but we always ope it is the virulent strain or the marquetry virus.
Yes some of those pieces are ridiculously tiny, I agree, we pre sold 2 boxes before I had time to simplify a bit the drawing, now I have to deal with it!
I do re stack them sometime, but I am mainly careful to stack them well after the cutting, then after the shading and try to keep them well placed during the assembly, I like to see at a glance (not always working) where pieces go. I try to handle the tray with care, some of the pile of small pieces are 2 stacks of 2 and others are stacked on their sides.
The green bone were chemically dyed traditionally with copper sulfate and arsenite, those chemical compound are not colorfast, so, often on antiques the wood and dyed wood will have faded and the green bone will still pop. But originally the all thing was colorful.

-- Patrice lejeune

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